Contrary to what many people believe, cats can be trained. While their training is not as easy as that of dogs, teaching your cat to change of modify behavior will lead to a happy and healthy relationship with your pet. Sometimes I take work off from Springfield Tow Truck to train my cat – you should train yours too.
There are some differences in the way cats and dogs are trained. Cats are not likely to be motivated or psyched by praise as dogs. They are less instinctively driven to work in collaboration with human beings. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be trained. Let us look at some basic cat training techniques you can try at home.
Litter Box Training
Litter box training involves training your cat to use the litter box. Cats are naturally clean and have a natural inclination to bury their waste. However, you can teach them to use a litter box. All you do is to place your cat and a clean litter box – without cover, in a confined area. Ensure your cat has plenty of food and water. If the cat “goes” outside of the box, place the waste in the litter. Usually, within a day or so of being confined to the litter box, the cat will start to use the box regularly.
Training on Aggressive Behavior
If you cat exhibits aggressive behavior such as playing too rough, scratching or aggressive biting, it is a behavior that can be trained away. When you are playing with your cat, and it begins to bite or scratch, startle it with a loud voice. You can loudly clap your hands or make a hissing sound. Startling is all meant to discourage the pet from doing what it’s doing. After you startle the pet, simply walk away. Do that every time your cat gets rough, and it will know the consequences of getting rough.
There is a chance to train your cat to stop some behavior you are against. If a cat acts in a certain way, the most important thing you need is to understand why it behaved in such manner. If your cat is clawing the furniture, it is driven by instincts to act that way. You can train your cat to focus its clawing instincts on acceptable surfaces such as scratching posts. Train your cat to behave appropriately by using corrective means and not punishment.